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    I am currently in my first year studying 100 percent Politics. But it has come to light that to gain a place on the PGCE social sciences, I need a joint honours with Sociology or psychology. I have a change to transfer to another university to do 2nd year Politics and Sociology. Should I just transfer or pursue a PGCE in citizenship? I have a-levels in I.C.T, Media and Politics.
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    (Original post by mill1235)
    I am currently in my first year studying 100 percent Politics. But it has come to light that to gain a place on the PGCE social sciences, I need a joint honours with Sociology or psychology. I have a change to transfer to another university to do 2nd year Politics and Sociology. Should I just transfer or pursue a PGCE in citizenship? I have a-levels in I.C.T, Media and Politics.
    I would look at the job markets for both PGCEs- I would guess there are more opportunities with PGCE social sciences, but I might be wrong. If you took a PGCE in Citizenship, would you still be able to offer Politics at A-level?

    I would imagine there is less demand for teachers with a citizenship qualification as often schools will use whatever teachers they have spare to deliver PSHE/Citizenship, and some schools do not timetable lessons for it. Sociology and Psychology are still popular A-levels, and some schools do still offer them at GCSE.

    However, I would also think about what you want to do now. In 2-3 years, things might have changed, and you might no longer want to do a PGCE or the entry requirements might have changed. Would you be happy with transferring and completing your degree elsewhere? If you think transferring would make you miserable, I'd encourage you to stay where you are, instead.
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    Thank you the reply. I think when it comes to the the Citzenship PGCE, from what I have read it is a much harder route to take despite being able teach Politics. With the social science PGCE I would be able to teach a variety of different subject including Politics as it is impossible to specialise in Politics.
    When it comes to transferring, I am happy to providing that it gets me where I need to be in after the 2 years. It is a difficult decision though.
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    (Original post by mill1235)
    Thank you the reply. I think when it comes to the the Citzenship PGCE, from what I have read it is a much harder route to take despite being able teach Politics. With the social science PGCE I would be able to teach a variety of different subject including Politics as it is impossible to specialise in Politics.
    When it comes to transferring, I am happy to providing that it gets me where I need to be in after the 2 years. It is a difficult decision though.
    It is a really difficult decision, I agree. Have you investigated which unis would take you as a transfer?

    I do think the social sciences PGCE would give you more flexibility. They are three popular a-levels, and sociology and psychology can be taught at GCSE (I'm not sure how many schools offer these anymore, though). Citizenship is offered as a GCSE in some schools, and you could obviously teach politics A-level as well, but I think it would give you less career options.

    What are your A-levels? If you have an A-level in another curriculum subject, it might be you're eligible to study a PGCE in that subject? Especially if it's a bit relevant to politics (e.g. History).
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    Lancaster said they would take me, which I am really pleased as it a superb university.
    As far as my A-levels go, I took Politics, Media and I.C.T. I have always been very strong at I.C.T and did well in it so I could always be able to teach that I would think.
    Like you said I think the social sciences PGCE would be much more beneficial than the Citizenship I think??
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    (Original post by mill1235)
    Lancaster said they would take me, which I am really pleased as it a superb university.
    As far as my A-levels go, I took Politics, Media and I.C.T. I have always been very strong at I.C.T and did well in it so I could always be able to teach that I would think.
    Like you said I think the social sciences PGCE would be much more beneficial than the Citizenship I think??
    The issue with ICT is a lot more schools are now moving towards computer science/computing. Would you be able to teach programing?

    I think if you have an offer you like, and you are confident you'd like to go down the social sciences route, then I do think it will give you greater employability. But don't just take my word for that! You can see what jobs are out there on TES, for example.
 
 
 
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